I’ve wrote numerous posts on why I think the key to understanding auto-immune diseases is to further study the microbiome.
The evidence continues to strengthen with a recently published study suggesting that high fat diets consisting of plant based fats such as cocoa butter and coconut oil may lead to changes in gut flora that can help fight inflammation in patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease.
I find this research very interesting and a promising field. My hope is that this will help direct future research and identify anti-inflammatory bacterial strains that will lead to a probiotic based approach for IBD treatment.
I said long before there was any supporting research, “if they find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, I think it is going to come from a better understanding of the microbiome and the complex interactions between bacteria in the gut and the body.” I can’t wait to see what further research in this field brings.
Links to my previous posts on gut heath and the microbiome: